- This young musician has changed the African music scene and how it is perceived internationally
- His creative talents have created a new and unique genre of music
- Yannick Ilunga has breathed new life into African music and the creative scene in South Africa
Yannick Ilunga is the son of an Angolan mother and Congolese father. He was born in Belgium and spent his childhood in Central Africa and Europe. As he grew older he found himself in Cape Town listening to metal and punk rock.
With all these influences it is no wonder the musician has created a style of music that is almost impossible to define. He plays African music in a way the world has never heard it before. He performs under the alias Petit Noir and he calls his style of music Noirwave.
A musical prodigy, at 16 he was already making music and sharing it online. He formed an electro-pop group called Popskarr and later helped co-found Drone Collective. Which was a collection of local creatives who worked together to create music, fashion and art.
He had attempted a degree in sound engineering but dropped out when he was invited to London to perform. His parents were not impressed but allowed him to pursue a career as a songwriter, singer, musician and performer.
He has shot to fame and has headlined international music festivals. He is using his celebrity status to explore his identity and showcase his creativity. He has breathed new life into South Africa's creative scene by drawing on his experiences as an immigrant.
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